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SCOTUS Freezes SB 4 Enforcement

In a dramatic turn of events, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has intervened in the ongoing legal battle surrounding Texas’s controversial Senate Bill 4 (SB4). The latest development comes after a series of rapid-fire decisions and legal maneuvers.

Last Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge David Alan Ezra dealt a blow to Texas authorities by issuing an injunction against the enforcement of SB4. This decision, outlined in a lengthy 114-page order, marked a significant setback for proponents of the immigration law.

However, the legal landscape shifted on Saturday when the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals granted a temporary stay on Judge Ezra’s ruling. Despite the stay, the 5th Circuit placed its decision on hold for seven days, providing an opportunity for the Biden administration to escalate the matter to the highest judicial authority in the country.

Responding swiftly, the Biden administration filed a petition urging SCOTUS to review the 5th Circuit’s stay. Their urgency was evident as they rushed their brief to the Supreme Court for consideration.

Today, Justice Alito, acting alone but with significant implications, issued an administrative stay on the 5th Circuit’s decision. This move effectively freezes the enforcement of SB4 until, at least for the time being, March 13. Additionally, Justice Alito has requested briefings from Texas authorities, with the deadline set for March 11.

The administrative stay handed down by Justice Alito not only halts the implementation of SB4 but also underscores the gravity of the legal battle unfolding. The fate of the controversial immigration law now hangs in the balance as SCOTUS prepares to weigh in on the matter.

Stay tuned for further updates as this legal saga continues to unfold, shaping the landscape of immigration policy in the United States.

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